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Just think: The challenges of the disengaged mind

Overview of attention for article published in Science, July 2014
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Title
Just think: The challenges of the disengaged mind
Published in
Science, July 2014
DOI 10.1126/science.1250830
Pubmed ID
Authors

Timothy D. Wilson, David A. Reinhard, Erin C. Westgate, Daniel T. Gilbert, Nicole Ellerbeck, Cheryl Hahn, Casey L. Brown, Adi Shaked

Abstract

In 11 studies, we found that participants typically did not enjoy spending 6 to 15 minutes in a room by themselves with nothing to do but think, that they enjoyed doing mundane external activities much more, and that many preferred to administer electric shocks to themselves instead of being left alone with their thoughts. Most people seem to prefer to be doing something rather than nothing, even if that something is negative.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 27 4%
United Kingdom 11 2%
Germany 5 <1%
Netherlands 5 <1%
Canada 4 <1%
Portugal 2 <1%
Australia 2 <1%
Brazil 2 <1%
Japan 2 <1%
Other 18 3%
Unknown 619 89%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 140 20%
Researcher 130 19%
Student > Master 97 14%
Student > Bachelor 78 11%
Professor 49 7%
Other 157 23%
Unknown 46 7%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 280 40%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 68 10%
Social Sciences 43 6%
Medicine and Dentistry 36 5%
Business, Management and Accounting 34 5%
Other 161 23%
Unknown 75 11%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 2272. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 28 May 2020.
All research outputs
#1,004
of 15,139,386 outputs
Outputs from Science
#82
of 65,777 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#13
of 189,553 outputs
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#1
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